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Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Albert B. Casolari, Jr.

May 3, 1936October 27, 2019
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Albert B. “Al” Casolari, Jr., 83, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born on May 3, 1936 in Flora, IL, the son of the late Albert B. and Alma (Rentz) Casolari, Sr. He married Merle Davis on February 20, 1959 in Jacksonville, IL and she preceded him in death on August 10, 2018.

Al served in the U. S. Air Force with the Strategic Air Command from 1954-1958. He later worked as a Senior Technician and Director of the Audio-Visual Department for the Illinois State Museum for 44 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield and was very active there, serving as an usher and elder.

Al is survived by his daughter Dawn (husband Edward) James of Springfield; 2 granddaughters, Brooke James and Taylor James; 2 great-grandchildren, Addelyn James and Logan Andrew; 3 siblings, William (wife Chelsea) Casolari of Flora, IL, Shirley Park of Steelville, IL and Gloria Eskew of Kennett, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Barbara Sims and Elvira Pierson.

Al loved his family and spending time with them. He loved his little buddy, his Siamese cat “Pharoah”, and he loved participating in the Elders group at Trinity and making calls on members. He loved photography and always brought his camera to many family gatherings and we will miss the many wonderful pictures he took of all of us through the years. He loved reminiscing about Air Force adventures and re-telling the stories vividly many times. He loved sharing jokes especially after Elder meetings.

He met Merle, the love of his life at the “Moonlight Gardens” skating rink and they were married 3 months later until her passing in 2018.

Special thanks to Visiting Angels care team, Concordia Reach care team, MMC oncology and Hospice team, Springfield Clinic Oncology and Internal Medicine Teams.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield where visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 9:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 South 2nd St., Springfield. A graveside committal service will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at 11 am at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, with military honors provided by the Interveteran’s Burial Detail of Sangamon Coounty and the U.S. Air Force.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Prostate Cancer Research.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

  • DONATIONS

  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Prostate Cancer Research

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Funeral Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Graveside Commital Service Friday, November 1, 2019

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Richard Leary

October 31, 2019

I worked with Al Casolari at the State Museum for many years and recall his dedication and the effort he put into acquiring, organizing and sending educational films to schools all over Illinois. He also spent many extra hours showing films in the museum auditorium evenings and Saturdays.
I also recall Al’s warm friendship and great sense of humor. Back before the need for credentials, Al had a large movie camera on a tripod with his initials, ABC, in large letters on the side. So equipped he got up close to film many visiting dignitaries in Springfield.
For these and many other reasons Al Casolari will be fondly remembered by many of us for many years to come.
My condolences and best regards to all his family.

Richard and Eleanor Leary

Dawn James

October 30, 2019

He was the best dad ever ,he loved his family so much! No matter what situation was going on with anybody his stock answer would always be “It could be worse”
We will miss him so bad but I know he’s with mom and no longer suffering and we will be reunited again one day❤️

Steven FOSS

October 30, 2019

Al was a constant model of lead by example Christian influence throughout my life. He will be missed. Prayers and sympathy from the Foss family.

Steven FOSS

October 30, 2019

Al was a constant model of lead by example Christian influence throughout my life. He will be missed. Prayers and sympathy from the Foss family.

Robert Robinson

October 29, 2019

The Casolari family is one of the best families in the world. Uncle Al is once again reunited with Aunt Mearle forever in Gods presence, we will see and embrace you again Uncle Al, until then your are forever in our hearts

Susan Vorderstrasse-Miller

October 29, 2019

We have missed Al in church these past few weeks. Now, we will miss Al being in our lives. He was such a wonderful person and a staple at Trinity. He was a loving friend. God bless Al and his family. Our prayers are with all of you.

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Biography

Albert B. “Al” Casolari, Jr., 83, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born on May 3, 1936 in Flora, IL, the son of the late Albert B. and Alma (Rentz) Casolari, Sr. He married Merle Davis on February 20, 1959 in Jacksonville, IL and she preceded him in death on August 10, 2018.

Al served in the U. S. Air Force with the Strategic Air Command from 1954-1958. He later worked as a Senior Technician and Director of the Audio-Visual Department for the Illinois State Museum for 44 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield and was very active there, serving as an usher and elder.

Al is survived by his daughter Dawn (husband Edward) James of Springfield; 2 granddaughters, Brooke James and Taylor James; 2 great-grandchildren, Addelyn James and Logan Andrew; 3 siblings, William (wife Chelsea) Casolari of Flora, IL, Shirley Park of Steelville, IL and Gloria Eskew of Kennett, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Barbara Sims and Elvira Pierson.

Al loved his family and spending time with them. He loved his little buddy, his Siamese cat “Pharoah”, and he loved participating in the Elders group at Trinity and making calls on members. He loved photography and always brought his camera to many family gatherings and we will miss the many wonderful pictures he took of all of us through the years. He loved reminiscing about Air Force adventures and re-telling the stories vividly many times. He loved sharing jokes especially after Elder meetings.

He met Merle, the love of his life at the “Moonlight Gardens” skating rink and they were married 3 months later until her passing in 2018.

Special thanks to Visiting Angels care team, Concordia Reach care team, MMC oncology and Hospice team, Springfield Clinic Oncology and Internal Medicine Teams.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield where visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 9:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 South 2nd St., Springfield. A graveside committal service will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at 11 am at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, with military honors provided by the Interveteran’s Burial Detail of Sangamon Coounty and the U.S. Air Force.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Prostate Cancer Research.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.